The University of Hull (UoH) is leading a €3.8m (£3.35m) research project that will examine how to create a more sustainable environment, as well as explore aspects of a circular economy.
The European-funded Horizon 2020 project, called Cresting, will see 15 early career researchers recruited to universities throughout Europe, and will look at what extent circular economy practices are already in place within the public and private sectors.
They will be trained in analysis of circular economy practises, with the aim of turning it into lessons for managing a transition from linear to circular.
The UoH have said that when the project is complete, it will have produced 15 highly skilled individuals with an understanding about how a circular economy works and will be able to advice and inform on any future policy within this area.
UoH project co-ordinator Dr Pauline Deutz said: “What is unique about what this project is that we are trying to understand the implications of the circular economy. There is a lot of research into separate components of building a circular economy, such as design and recycling, but far fewer people working on how they fit together and what these changes might mean to the economy or for society.”
This four-year project will also see 15 partner organisations located in ten different countries across the EU, including WRAP, Hull City Council, EMS Ltd, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the universities of Nanjing, China and Ibadan, Nigeria.
Academic partners in the project are at the UoH this week for the first workshop, with recruitment currently underway for researchers.